Española Island is the oldest in the Galapagos, as it sits on the southeastern end of the archipelago. The islands are of volcanic origin, formed due to the activity of what geologists call a “hot spot.” When the Nazca Plate slides to the southeast, it moves over the volcano producing area. This causes new islands to develop. The islands towards the northwest are the youngest, and the ones on the opposite end are the oldest.
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- 21 Aug 2022
Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez, Española Island, 8/21/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II
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